QCWA directs funds to north Qld bushfire victims

The Queensland Country Women’s Association has donated $20,000 towards the disaster appeal being conducted by the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group.
The Queensland Country Women’s Association has donated $20,000 towards the disaster appeal being conducted by the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group.

COUNTRY women have stepped up to help alleviate the animal welfare disaster being caused by widespread fire across the Gulf Savannah.

The Queensland Country Women's Association has donated $20,000 towards the disaster appeal being conducted by the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group.

Fires have so far burnt out some stations in the region, following a number of disasters in recent years for residents of the areas.

Initially widespread flooding killed the grass, which was then followed by a cyclone, the live cattle export ban and more flooding.

Association state president Jennie Hill said with bushfires currently burning in a number of locations across the country, the association was giving people the opportunity to donate money to help those in Queensland affected by bushfires.

"The basis of any assistance offered by the (association) and the Country Women's Association in other states is that we offer practical help to those people and communities that need it the most," she said.

"We are very proud of the fact that all of the money that our members raise and which is donated by the public to our Public Rural Crisis Fund is given to those in need.

Any costs associated with administering the money are borne by the (association), so members of the public donating to this fund are guaranteed that everything they give will go to families and communities struggling with these current bushfire disasters."

Many of the residents have no financial resources left to combat this current disaster.

Mrs Hill said in order for stock to survive and for these residents to have a chance of recovery money is required to purchase stock feed.

A bale of hay costs $30 and one bale feeds about 10 cattle for a day.

Donations over $2 to the Queensland Country Women's Association Public Rural Crisis Fund are tax deductible and can be made online at qcwa.org.au or over the phone by calling 3026 1219.

Those donating may nominate the state to which they wish their donation to go.

Topics:  bushfire, jennie hill, queensland country women's association



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